Sunday, June 25, 2017

What It Means to Be an Ally + PRIDE PARADE

Hey everyone! Happy Pride Day! If you don't know what Pride Day's the one day a year where people of all sexualities and gender identities are celebrated. This day came around a few decades ago, but with the legalization of gay marriage and a greater acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community Pride Day has become even bigger. In New York City, 5th avenue is shut down for the day for a parade with rainbows and loud music. This was my first time taking part in this celebration even though I am not part of this community. I identify as heterosexual and cisgender (which means I am straight and fine with the sex I was given at birth), and many people who are like me feel like they can't go to LGBTQ+ events. The thing is... if you are an ally then you can go to these events as long as you are supportive of the group that has their event.
      Being an ally basically means that you support and advocate for groups of people who are discriminated or have a different life than you. I've talked about this before, but as a feminist I advocate for gender equality on all concepts. I go to marches, protests, and parades in order to show my support to a group of people. Communities want to be supported and as long as you aren't telling people how to live their lives, you'll mostly be accepted as an ally. For example, I am not part of the LGBTQ+ community, but today I wore the colors of their flags and cheered amongst people of all genders and sexualities. The beauty of this day is that everyone is accepting of each other.

Also I learned quite a bit about the different flags that this community has. The gay pride flag (the one that is the around me) is one of the most famous flags for this community, but I learned their are a few more. My friend, Bree (featured above), gave me the gender queer flag (that I will be putting up in my room), and gave my other friend the trans flag. Below is a chart showing all the different flags for the community:

Today was really fun because I got to see people of all races come together to support the LGBTQ+ community. We still live in times where people are discriminated for a variety of reasons, but today it was nice to see people show support for a community that has been marginalized for a long time. I believe that everyone should be supported and built up instead of torn down. Love is Love and everyone deserves to be loved no matter who it is.

Here are some pictures from today:

 If you haven't noticed I dyed half my head dark blue about 10 days ago. I hope to have it dyed for the whole Summer because I am not allowed to have it for school. My shirt and shorts are from American Eagle Outfitters. My tinted sunglasses are from Urban Outfitters (I am so obsessed with them!).
                               Here is Bree, Amayah, and I with our different flags!
           The streets were filled with other allies which I thought was pretty great.

The streets were filled for over 30 streets with different flags, posters, and people.

I hope you liked this post. Let me know what you think in the comments!
 I am officially done with my junior of high school, and I am free to write for the Summer. I will have more posts up in the next few weeks, and I am glad to be back in the blogging community!

Happy Pride Day!

                                                               Christina Madeleine



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